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Police to sport beards for charity during No-Shave November; residents can grow beards to support fire department


Article submitted by Huron Township Department of Public Safety
Posted Oct. 7, 2020

Huron Township Police Department policy does not allow for officers, reserve officers, and dispatch staff to wear beards while in uniform. However, if you see a Huron Township Police Officer sporting a beard over the next few months, they are not breaking the rules. The Police Department has decided to participate in No Shave November to support our annual Shop with a Hero Program. Each Officer will donate money to the event to allow the opportunity to grow a beard this holiday season. Officers will be allowed to begin wearing beards on October 1st, 2020.

To make this even better, we want to get our residents involved. On the evening of our Shop with a Hero event, we will have a best beard contest. The best beard contest will be judged by residents on our Facebook page. The winning beard (Officer) will once again win a free night off from work to be worked by Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins.

Unfortunately, due to safety standards relating to the use of equipment, our firefighters cannot participate by growing facial hair. However, we do not want to leave them out of this since they are a crucial part of our Shop with a hero event. So, we are offering the residents the opportunity to “adopt a firefighter” for this event. For a donation of $50 towards our Shop with a Hero event, a resident can grow a beard and support the fire department. At the Shop with a Hero event, we will have a separate beard contest for those that adopted a firefighter. The contest will be judged by members of our fire staff. The winner of this contest will receive their choice of a ride to work, as local as possible, or their child to be taken to school in a fire truck. Those interested in adopting a firefighter can drop their payment off at the Huron Township Police Department in care of Director Robbins or donate to our Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program. Please be sure to note on the Go Fund Me page that your donation is towards the “adopt a firefighter” program. The Go Fund Me page will become active on November 1st, 2020.

Last year, No Shave November raised more than $1800 towards the Shop with a Hero Program.

“I think this is a fun way for our departments and the residents to come together for a great cause. Our Shop with a Hero Program is special because it is funded by the big hearts in our community. What better reason to come together than making the Christmas season special for some deserving children? No kid should ever wake up without a Christmas,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Our public safety staff approach me on a regular basis and ask how they can get more involved with and help our community. This is a great way to bring everyone together. They have a tough job some days and it is fun to see them come together and have a little fun for a good cause.”


Farmers and vintage market set for Sept. 12 at Lajko Park

Shown in this collage are photos from a past farmers and vintage market day at Lajko Park.

Event posted Aug. 26, 2020
The Huron Hub

Farmers and vintage market set for Sept. 12 at Lajko Park in New Boston

Saturday, September 12, 2020 — 11 AM – 5 PM

Details from the event’s Facebook page:

Join the Huron Township Historical Commission as we showcase the local farmers, crafters and collectors in and near our township! This event is FREE to the public and FREE for vendors!
Do you have produce you grow? Honey you harvest? Soap you make? Have you re-purpose something old into something new and usable? Do you have some vintage pieces just looking for a home? OR Just looking to support those who do? Then this event is for you!
We are offering one FREE 10’x 10′ space to you if you are a maker, collector, creator, raiser or grower! We will have additional 10′ x 10′ spaced available for a $25.00 fee.

We are very selective of what types of crafters/vendors and how many we allow of a certain type. Last year, we had some “no shows” and to avoid that this year, we are asking for a $50 refundable deposit to hold your spot. You will get the deposit back when you check in the morning of the event.

For questions, contact Terri Riopelle @ 734.462.4911 OR Candace Myshock @ 734.307.4817 — email or message us on Facebook.
The application can be found in the comments and it is pinned to the top of our main page.

Lajko Park on Huron River Drive


Huron Rotary donation allows Huron School District to purchase 22 hand sanitizer stations


Posted by The Huron Hub | July 28, 2020

The Huron Township Rotary Club donated funding to the Huron School Board allowing the district to purchase 22 hand sanitizer stations needed for school buildings.

Melanie Shepler, president of the Rotary, presented the donation to the board recently.

Giving back: Local organization packs 3,000 care kits for women, teens in Metro Detroit shelters


Recently, nearly 30 volunteers for The Clean Love Project gathered at the charitable organization’s headquarters in Huron Township and assembled 3,000 kits filled with personal care and hygiene products for women and teens in local shelters. (Photos courtesy of Lacey Catarino)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 22, 2020

A local organization is making an incredible impact on the lives of teens and women in Metro Detroit’s homeless and domestic violence shelters.

Recently, 30 volunteers for The Clean Love Project gathered at the charitable organization’s headquarters in Huron Township and assembled 3,000 kits filled with personal care and hygiene products.

The Kits are delivered to multiple organizations throughout Metro Detroit, including Wayne County Safe, Covenant House, Community Housing Network, and Starfish Family Services.

Lacey Catarino, founder and executive director of The Clean Love Project, said that due to the current pandemic and the hit caused on the economy, the need for the items they pack has risen.

“Because of the economic strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need is greater than ever,” Catarino said. “Our volunteers packed a record-breaking number of kits. They are now being distributed to support teen girls and women and help alleviate the stress that comes with a woman’s monthly cycle.”

Donations and fundraisers are critical to the success of the program, Catarino said.

“In addition to our supporters, we have a number of key corporate sponsorships, such as Bombas socks and Starbucks.”

The Clean Love Project is a non-profit 501c3 organization with the mission of helping women and young girls feel clean, loved and empowered.

Since 2015, with the support of hundreds of people contributing 1,000 volunteer hours, The Clean Love Project has assembled and distributed 14,000 total kits.

“I started the project in 2015 with the help of a few friends and family members,” Catarino said. “Long story short, we put hygiene kits together for the homeless. In two years it grew into much more than that. At the end of 2017 the project became a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a focus on women and young girls in need in the Metro Detroit area.”

Catarino said the project hosts four assembling events each year right at her house in Huron Township.

At each event, “30 to 50 volunteers attend and assemble 1000-3000 kits,” she said. “Our goal this year is to distribute 10,000.”

The Clean Love Project partners with over 30 shelters, transitional housing programs, food pantries and school districts.

The organization is hosting its second annual golf outing planned for Saturday, Sept. 12 at Fox Hills Golf Course in Plymouth.

Individuals or organizations interested in the outing, or in partnering with The Clean Love Project can visit the website for more information.

Photos: June 2020 kit assembling event 

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Public Safety Department keeps community spirit alive by participating in over 150 parades during pandemic

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety helped celebrate hundreds of birthdays, milestones, 2020 graduation, and escorted funerals, all during the pandemic. 

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 1, 2020

The parades began on Easter, when the pandemic lockdown was fresh in everyone’s minds, and due to required social distancing, children were unable to see the Easter Bunny.

“We recognized that due to the COVID Pandemic, many little ones may not have had an opportunity to see the Easter Bunny. It was important to us to find a way to bring our community together during a difficult time while respecting safety concerns,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Since Easter, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety has been involved in hundreds of parades around the township to help celebrate various birthdays and milestones, as well as honoring the lives of community members who have died recently.

The parades, staffed by volunteers, celebrated children’s birthdays, senior citizen birthdays, military hero homecomings, front-line worker appreciation, and ended with a special drive-by for honorary Firefighter Bobby Kamin.

The department participated in funeral escorts for Huron Township families that were unable to have proper services for their loved ones due to the ongoing pandemic; an initiative organized by the department’s Police Officer Reserve Program.

Robbins thanked Reserve Officer Anthony Joquico and Reserve Commander James Dufour for their roles in the escorts.

Reserve Commander James Dufour and Reserve Officer Anthony Joquico

“These celebratory parades began as just a couple vehicles, usually one police car and maybe
one fire truck,” Robbins said. “After a few times out, Chief Hinojosa came to me and said his staff approached him and wondered why they were not able to be more involved in the celebratory parades. The answer was simply that we could only use volunteers. The response from the fire staff was that they wanted to volunteer and volunteer they did. For most parades, we would have so many of our fire staff volunteering that we would have to turn some of them away. We had 3 or 4 firefighters, using all pertinent safety precautions, in multiple vehicles because they wanted to be part of the community experience. Some of these parades ended up having upwards of 10 vehicles in the procession. I am immensely proud of the way all of our public safety staff stepped up to represent our community.”

On June 26, the department escorted Huron High School’s class of 2020 during a special parade for the graduates.

“I want the Class of 2020 to know how proud we are of them. They have lost so many things due to the pandemic. We expect them to do great things. Congratulations to the graduates and their families,” Robbins said. “It never gets old seeing this community come together. Hands down, this is my favorite thing I get to be involved with while serving. You can’t put a price on seeing the downtown or one of the villages filled to celebrate something special or seeing the smile of a child’s face as they see the lights and hear the sirens in front of their house as they celebrate their special day.”

Robbins said that having a partnership between public safety and the community is the most important part of the job.

“There is nothing more important to us than community partnerships,” he said. “While we realize the importance of providing quality service to our residents, we feel it is equally important to be a part of the community as well. I am thankful for the support we continue to be given.”

If you have photos or video of any parades from the past few months that have happened in Huron Township, you can share your them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Senior graduation parade set for Friday in New Boston

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse– The Huron Hub)

Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020

Huron High School senior graduation parade through New Boston set for Friday evening.

See the attached flyer below for full info.

Huron Public Safety will be escorting the parade.

For the safety of students, Huron River Drive will be closed from Willow to the Renton Middle School Entrance beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Access to the Michigan Memorial Cemetery will still be open using either the Huron River Drive/Merriman gate and/or access to the main gate via Willow Road.

Funeral services will be diverted to enter the cemetery through the Funeral Home Entrance.

“First, I want to congratulate the graduating Senior Class. They have lost so many experiences due to this pandemic and we are honored to be a small part of anything that can be done to make this a special and memorable time for them. We realize that these events could cause traffic issues but hope that the community will be patient so that we can help provide a safe atmosphere for the students and their proud families,” said Everette Robbins, public safetey director.

“We will have fire and police staffing at the blocked areas to assist residents with concerns and questions. Also, a big thank you to the staff at the Michigan Memorial Cemetery for their sacrifice and help in making this happen. We appreciate their community partnership. They asked that I pass on their congratulations to the Class of 2020.”​​

Check out this bird’s-eye view of downtown New Boston

Check out this bird’s-eye view of downtown New Boston

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 17, 2020

This is pretty neat: an eye in the sky over the community.

Here’s a cool perspective of downtown New Boston.

Local resident Dan Spangler shared these cool shots of the village from his drone.

Check them out:

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American Legion Post 231 has a collection box for unserviceable American flags

The drop box is located outside American Legion Post 231, 37060 Huron River Drive in New Boston. (Photo courtesy of Bob Langlois)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 5, 2020

The American Legion Huron Valley Post 231 has a new box located outside their post for unserviceable American flag drop-offs.

“Presently members of the community have tied their ‘Old Glory’ to our front or back door handle in a plastic bag,” said Bob Langlois, adjutant at the post. “Now we have a black and white mail box with the American Flag and POW/MIA decals proudly showing a place where the community can now deposit their worn out American flags.”

Langlois said the flags are saved and then properly disposed of by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts during a ceremony.

The drop box is located outside American Legion Post 231, 37060 Huron River Drive in New Boston.

Huron Hub file photo


New Boston resident builds little pantry in his front yard for anyone in need

Tim Cook of New Boston, Mich. stands in front of The Little Pantry he built in front of his house on Schultz Street. Cook said others in the community helped him build and have helped him keep the pantry stocked, and that anyone is welcome to stop by and take what they need. (Photos courtesy of Tim Cook)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted May 29, 2020

There’s a phrase “it’s the little things in life that matter the most.”

The Little Pantry located on Schultz Street in New Boston is certainly one of those things.

In the midst of what seems like daily uncertainty due to the current pandemic, people in this community are stepping up and doing what they can to spread hope.

Tim Cook of New Boston said he believes in helping each other, and he is doing his part by keeping a small pantry stocked in front of his house for anyone who needs an item.

“It is filled with non-perishable food as well as toilet paper, diaper wipes, hand sanitizer and paper towels,” Cook said.

It’s located at 19050 Schultz Street.

The Little Pantry is located at 19050 Schultz Street.

Cook said his friend, Jeff Niemen, also of New Boston, helped him construct the pantry.

Cook and his son, Cameron, are keeping it stocked daily.

The pantry, though, is a true community effort that is supplied both from neighbors and a friend of Cook’s that lives well outside of the Huron Township area.

“We have had help from our next-door neighbors Tony and Beth Mullins as well as my friend Dick Norman of Petoskey as he sends stuff as well by UPS,” Cook said.

Cook said anyone is welcome to stop by and take that they need.

“I truly believe we are here to help one another,” he said. “This is a lesson that my late father and my amazing mother taught me.”

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Display honors Huron High School class of 2020

The front lawn of Huron High School in New Boston was transformed into a tribute featuring a wall of photos to honor this year’s graduates. (Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted May 17, 2020

The staff at Huron High School in New Boston are making sure this year’s graduating class does not go unnoticed.

The class of 2020 will begin their final week of school on Monday as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

To honor this year’s graduating class, staff at the high school placed a wall of photos on the school’s front lawn featuring each senior.

Principal Steven Hudock said in a social media post that the tribute will be up for about two weeks before the lawn signs are disturbed to families.

Grads and the community are welcome to stop by and check out the tribute.

“HHS Class of 2020, congrats on your last week! This is a tribute to all of you! Feel free to drive by and take pictures. Please practice social distancing. I’d like to leave these up for 2 weeks,” Hudock said.

Photos: Huron High School honors 2020 graduates 
Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub